Operan II

Operan II

A wave, although this looks rather abstract as a result of my scrunching of the canvas. Same technique as the previous two, very diluted acrylic paint applied wet on wet in many layers. I was lucky in that I could use the fantastic space of Brevens Hjärta (https://www.facebook.com/www.brevenshjarta.se/) and be able to move the comparatively large canvas around on the floor in order to force the paint to run and settle where I wanted it to. The building is old with an uneven floor so tilting the canvas just so was acheived by inserting brushes of various sizes under the board onto which the canvas was stapled. I found that the paint separated into layers of pigment so coming back in the morning to inspect the result of the drying process was exciting!

Operan

Operan (120 x 100 cm)

The inspiration for this work was a photo of a storm cloud hovering over the archipelago outside Stockholm. However, as the work progressed the cloud turned into water and I decided to heighten the ‘wateriness’ with each layer of acrylic paint. This was done by adding very diluted paint and tilting the canvas to steer the colour over the surface.